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>> tickets going for sky high prices for the last few games at candlestick park as fans clamor to say good-bye to the stick. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning, it's thursday, december 5. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm frank mallicoat. now 5:00 straight up. >> and we have breaking news right now from benicia. an elderly couple rush to the hospital because of serious smoke inhalation. their dog was also treated. a newspaper deliveryman smelled the smoke at the house on larkin drive about 2 a.m. and called 911. the fire was out within half an hour. but the home is just too damaged for the couple to return for now. >> time to check weather now. the freezer that is the bay area, here's lawrence. >> yeah. coldest temperatures of the season by far in fact today the coldest day so far we have seen in quite some time. temperatures out the door, down into the 20s in the north bay valleys. check it out, 21 degrees in
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napa. they have briefly touched 19 just a little bit earlier. 24 in santa rosa. hard freeze in some of the north bay valleys. 28 livermore. 27 concord. chilly 34 degrees even in oakland. so freeze warnings are up all around the bay area. we have some very cold temperatures in place not only today but it looks like that will be extended into tomorrow. numbers in the 40s and the 50s for highs this afternoon so some very chilly weather indeed. even some freezing temperatures in san jose. that's where we find a very frosty kiet do this morning. kiet. >> reporter: yeah. frosty is right! we're live in downtown san jose where my iphone app tells me it's about 28 degrees and that means plenty of frost here. check it out. the air is a little dry not that much moisture so it means that the frost is not really that thick. nonetheless give yourself some extra time if you are driving into work today to scrape it off your windshield. the cold weather came early last night down to freezing in many spots before midnight. santa rosa was one of the coldest spots in the bay area.
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it was 32 degrees. just a couple of hours past sundown it was 32 degrees. perfect christmas tree shopping weather and coffee drinking weather. >> it's not as wet and rainy but definitely we got the cold. dry and cold. >> i'm missing a little bit of our warm weather. >> just really need to bundle up. >> mexico because i'm jumping up and down. >> reporter: teeter chattering? >> yes. it's freezing out here. >> reporter: he is wearing shorts. what is going on? yeah. so as lawrence mentioned, napa was down to about the 21 degrees. it seems downright balmy here when you compare it to the cold weather up in the north valley. more cold weather continuing tonight. so bundle up. we're live in downtown san jose, kiet do, kpix 5. and updating you now on an accident we have been watching in san jose, southbound 880 by stevens creek was the scene of a big rig accident overnight. the driver lost control minor injuries, but now there are lanes blocked. for a while it was just some
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activity off to the right-hand shoulder. right now the off-ramp to stevens creek from southbound 880 is shut down as well as the slow lane. it doesn't sound like it's going to be closed for much longer but heads up, we are beginning to see some slowdowns on our sensors closer towards 280. still some debris in the roadway near the airport southbound 101 approaching sfo. no big delay in the sensors and coming through the altamont pass everything looks clear. that is your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you. >> thank you, liz. happening today, bart directors will learn the findings of an audit of the transit agency's police department. we get the story now from kpix 5 reporter anne makovec. she is at the fruitvale bart station. i understand the audit was ordered after the shooting death of oscar grant. >> reporter: yeah. a series of blunders really on the part of the bart police department. we have been here talking about other bart controversies over the past year but the police department itself has had its own share of troubles. and this report was commissioned by retired police chief patrick oliver. he is the man who spent the
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summer checking on 55 reforms recommended in 2010 from the national organization of black law enforcement executives. today oliver will deliver his assessment to the bart board and i spoke with police chief rainy at the beginning of this process in june. >> i would say we definitely have done the majority of the reforms. and as far as our progress, i'm going to leave that up to the assessors. >> reporter: the highest profile black eye for the department the shooting of oscar grant in 2009 captured on this cell phone video then turned into a movie. lots of concerns here from racial profiling to police brutality. and the report that led to proposed reforms was commissioned later that year. so today, we are going to examine how those reforms were implemented and we're expected to hear from the police chief himself. right now live at the fruitvale bart station anne makevoc, kpix
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5. >> how much was the audit? >> reporter: this is just the audit not the original creation of the reforms. just this audit that went on this year cost $25,000. >> thank you. no doubt the barred board will also talk about the latest train troubles. investigators are inspecting a train that screeched to a halt inside an east bay tunnel yesterday. n electrical short caused the emergency brakes on one car to come on while it was going 70 miles an hour. nine people were taken to the hospital with breathing problems and other issues. >> i must have passed out. the next time i woke up i wasn't in the same train. >> it was a rough year for bart riders between strikes and malfunctioning equipments. >> bart officials expect maintenance problems to continue until new trains are on the tracks in 2017. they say there were no toxic materials in the smoke in the train yesterday. other headlines around the bay now. the suspect accused of killing
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a daly city man over a playstation being held now on five million dollars bail this morning. 21-year-old ronnie collins now charges with a count of murder, two counts of attempted robbery. prosecutors believe he shot 22- year-old ikenna uwakah. a thief rummaging through a home on fremont was caught in camera. he broke into the house on eggers drive on saturday and stole $2,000 worth of stuff. two home security cameras caught him in the act. police hope someone will recognize him. new details in the rob ford saga. police are releasing wiretap files showing how the toronto, canada, mayor partied and took drugs with gang members. there's even video that officers recovered and the toronto star reports gang members also claim there are pictures of ford on the pipe and doing lots of other drugs, as well. they were using the material to blackmail ford.
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toronto city leaders say the new information is just one more reason why ford should leave office. >> you think you can't be shocked anymore. you know, the lies, the damage he is doing to himself personally, it's astonishing that his family can't get him help scares me. >> it's important to note though none of the allegations against ford have been proven. the obama administration says the new improved healthcare.gov website is working and is now time for americans to purchase health insurance but as susan mcginnis reports, the group the white house most wants to sign up may be the hardest sell. reporter: the obama administration says 29,000 americans enrolled on healthcare.gov in the first two days after it was fixed. that includes dawn from texas. she is a self-employed musician who is buying health insurance for the first time in 20 years.
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>> i was very surprised at the prices actually. we entered all my tax info and income and stuff and i was pleasantly surprised. >> reporter: erin is in her 40s and has health problems but for the new law to work the white house needs millions of healthy young people to sign up to make coverage more affordable for everyone else. the president made his pitch during a white house youth summit wednesday. >> i hope you haven't been discouraged by how hard it's been because stuff that's worth it's always hard. >> reporter: a new harvard university poll shows only 20% of americans under 30 plan to enroll in a healthcare plan as part of the affordable care act. nearly half say they are unlikely to sign up. >> i would rather pay the fine. i don't know how much health insurance is but i know it's more than that. >> reporter: the white house is hoping 7 million americans will sign up by april. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> political affiliation is a
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good indicator of whether young americans will buy health insurance. the harvard poll found young democrats are four times more likely than young republicans to by mandated insurance. while millions have visit the website to review options some will take their chances without it. a new gallup poll indicates that more than one in four people say they are more likely to pay a government fine for not having coverage than sign up for insurance. it's about 28% of 48 million people in the country who are uninsured. 5:09. religion and sex colliding in gap's new ad. coming up next. >> plus. >> simple funny and fun. >> students at park mead elementary school can't wait to hit the cafeteria. how the custodian is turning lunchtime into the fun time at this week's "cool school." >> these a "cool school" and we have some cold temperatures outside freezing in fact. all around the bay area we'll
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talk about it coming up. >> and the overnight roadwork has been picked up, up and down the nimitz so you're looking good into your the oakland coliseum. this is your chance. we want to know what drives you crazy during your commute. share with us. kpix.com or tweet me at #ewengerkpix. watch to see if your question is answered on air. ,,,,,,,,,,
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the a holiday ad for gap is causing a big stir and protest is planned at the store in davis today. the ad shows a sikh man in a turban with a young woman. some call it sacriligious. they are hoping to get hundreds to show up in davis today to voice their objections. others in the sikh community have praised the ad saying it's wiping away stereotypes about their community. and gap is trending. also trending paul walker. autopsy results show the "fast & furious" star initially survived the car crash over the weekend but died due to his injuries and fire. winston the quarterback out of florida state an announcement will be made today regarding the raping involving what may be the heisman trophy winner.
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>> time banned words. time is polling readers on the words they would like to see banned in 21st century and arctic blast all over the country. check us out on twitter at #cbssf. >> snow piling up as a winter storm moves across the country's midsection today. more than 2 feet of snow dumped in duluth, minnesota yesterday. at least five people have died in weather-related accidents since monday in minnesota. people in texas, oklahoma and arkansas are gearing up for an ice storm today. forecasters say it could cause travel delays and power outages. i talk to some of my family members in colorado yesterday. they're freezing there. >> yeah. unbelievable. i had a friend send my a picture that shows 7 degrees out said and snowing. i sent a picture of nice sunshine. we are cold here too in the 40s and 50s. >> i tweeted out 26 degrees and all the new englanders are saying, oh, get a life. [ laughter ] >> that is cold for us here in the bay area. some chilly temperatures outside. the coldest numbers of the
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season so far out the door we go. mostly clear skies with arctic air in place. temperatures falling to below freezing in many spots down to 24 degrees right now in santa rosa. 27 in concord. 36 in san francisco. and 30 degrees and freezing in san jose. so another frosty start to the day with freezing temperatures this afternoon plenty of sunshine again. but even a little bit colder. chilly temperatures highs only in the 40s and 50s then the possibility of some showers as we look toward tomorrow afternoon. that cold air continues to flow in across the bay area and around much of the united states. that is going to keep those temperatures in the deep freeze for quite some time now. 50s into the central valley. high country 31 in lake tahoe and the latest computer models showing clear skies now but tomorrow afternoon, we have a weak system sliding into the bay area could bring some showers to the bay area maybe some snow down to 1500 feet. temperatures expected to be in the 40s and the 50s in the south bay. east bay numbers only in the 40s today. but still some sunny skies. and then you're looking at 40s
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and 50s inside the bay. next couple of days we are going to see a mixture of clouds and a little sunshine and then looks like those temperatures moderate a little bit as we head in towards sunday and monday and warmer wed toward the middle of next week. all right, let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thanks, lawrence. and another update for you in san jose. it's this big rig accident we have been watching around 3:00 this morning. a driver lost control. minor injuries but for a while the off-ramp was closed but it's reopened. tow crews must have been out there for a while. southbound 880 by stevens creek no seeing any delays on our sensors. 101 towards the airport this morning, this is near lagoon but otherwise looks good all the way southbound towards san bruno. 280 at the speed limit this morning. here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. all the roadwork is cleared on the western and eastern spans. westbound 580 through the altamont pass typical stuff drive time still only 15 minutes.
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tune to kcbs radio 740-am and 106.9-fm. that's traffic. one elementary school lunchtime is served with a lot of laughs. from magic tricks to jokes, the head custodian at parkmead elementary school makes sure there's never a dull moment and it's the man known as mr. dick who makes parkmead this week's "cool school." >> feet and hands on. >> reporter: it may sound like a pep rally at parkmead elementary. but it's just a normal lunchtime show in the cafeteria. >> the show sort of evolved out of a need to keep the kids occupied and focused at lunch because it was as you can imagine pretty noisy. >> reporter: so for the last 20 years, dick wayman, or mr. dick, the head custodian, has been putting on a show for kindergarten through fifth graders and finding material is eaglescy. he just comes to work. >> like a sitcom without a writer. i'll show up to work and some kid will come up to me and say,
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mr. dick, you know, what's wrong with you today? [ laughter ] >> i'll go wait a minute. nothing. [ laughter ] >> he is simple, funny and really fun. >> going to poke this through and hopefully it won't squeak. here we go. ready? [ pop ] >> reporter: this show complete with magic tricks and games is a staple here and the school's principal often joins in the fun. >> okay. where does it go? let's see if she knows. >> reporter: mr. dick even got us involved. >> michelle, what is your name? >> michelle. >> reporter: he is so popular, every year parents pay $125 for their kid to be mr. dick for the day with all the money going to the school fund. >> give them a set of keys, a full master set of keys, no matter what grade they're in kindergarten through fifth, and then we come here and we start
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to work. >> reporter: emily is today's lucky winner. before school, she got a donut and then went to work. >> we gone into the lunchroom and cleaned up some of the -- brooms. >> can remember somebody's parents calling me after they were mr. dick for the day and they said oh, this is incredible. i can't believe i got in and got to clean up, somebody threw up in room 2. >> he teaches them how to play instruments, gives them t- shirts. >> does he do this every day at lunch? >> he does it -- yes. he puts on a show every singling day. >> wow. >> i think about 50 students a year sign up to be mr. dick for the day. >> pretty cool. >> it's a fun program. >> i went to parkmead by the way. kindergarten, first, second grade, hung in that cafeteria in walnut creek a couple of years ago. many years ago. [ laughter ] >> many, many. all right. >> last cool about your school? email your nomination to us at coolschools@kpix.com. we may come and feature your
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school here on the show. 5:19. the 9ers only have two more games at candlestick. wait until you hear what devoted fans are shelling out to say good-bye. and i'm dennis o'donnell. coming up, jim harbaugh with a very rare admission. and the nfl brings the hammer down on a head coach. we'll show you why coming up. ,, yes you did. yes you did. no i didn't. no i didn't. yes you did. yes you did. no i didn't. no i didn't. did not. yes you did. [ male announcer ] find some peace this holiday. get an 8 piece meal, any recipe, with a dozen cookies baked in-restaurant. the kfc festive feast. that's a lot for just $19.99! today tastes so good. ...this one's the busiest.9.99! house... so you want it to be the cleanest.
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the niners have two regular season home game 49er fans are shelling out big bucks for a ticket to history. the 9ers have two regular season home games left at candlestick park before making the move south to the brand-new levi stadium in santa clara. those who want to say good-bye to the old concrete wind whipped stick are paying a big price for nostalgia. >> $650 each. it was an easy decision. [ laughter ] >> i had no intention of really selling them but i through the if i put them up for a ridiculous price, you never know. somebody might. >> well, he was right. the face value of those same $129 tickets will be $350 apiece at the new stadium in santa clara. good morning, everybody. the seattle seahawks have the best record in the nfl. they come to town on sunday to play the 49ers and this time, even jim harbaugh admits it's not just another game. >> if this doesn't fire up the
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fans, you know, what does? uhm, i suppose abraham lincoln riding across the field with a frock and a top hat riding a horse waving an american flag, you know, that would -- i doubt that would fire them up if this game doesn't fire them up, that people really love football would be fired up by this matchup. >> colin kaepernick gave fans plenty to be fired up. but while the passing game it improving nothing changed about his lack of interest during his weekly meetings with the media. do you not like this? you're so guarded, it seems. >> my contract is to play football. the media is just an obligation i have to do. [ laughter ] >> bailed out by the media guy. the nfl has fined steelers head coach mike tomlin $100,000 for stepping on the field
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during a return by jacoby jones of the ravens. pittsburgh may also have to forfeit a draft pick as a result of that. you heard all the history lessons from jim harbaugh. coming up tonight, exclusively on the 6:00 news, i'm going to one on one with dad jack harbaugh who is in town just for this game. i'm dennis o'donnell. see you tonight. thank you, dennis. play of the day now coming from college basketball. we got maryland taking on ohio state second half sam thompson the buckeyes throwing down the back end of an alley-oop. ohio state won easily in the acc big 10 challenge. your play of the day. well, he could make contact with his family in the typhoon ravaged philippines, he couldn't. so a bay area man is going over with only a backpack and savings. the story gets interesting when you hear what strangers are actually doing to help. coming up. >> and the new bra that can help you lose weight. what?! i don't know. we'll see about that. coming up next. >> reporter: freezing
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temperatures as the bay area is covered in frost this morning. i'm kiet do. we have a very cold live report coming up. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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and into a fight. (anne live tease) affic ad libs police need your help. they don't know what happened to this woman getting off a bus and into a fight. >> reporter: from bart strike to service disruptions, the bart police have had their own share of controversies. how have they been doing on reforms? we'll find out today. >> right now this is what it looks like on westbound 580 near the dublin interchange. we'll have all your latest travel times, your thursday morning commute, coming up. good morning, it's thursday, december 5. i'm michelle griego.
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>> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. nearly 5:30 now on your thursday. and you're waking up to some freezing temperatures throughout the bay area. got live time coverage today on the conditions. kiet do standing out in 30- degree weather in san jose but we begin with a toasty lawrence karnow in the weather center with more on the deep freeze. lawrence. >> really in the comforts of the studio but, boy, if you step outside, folks, we are in the deep freeze this morning! the coldest temperatures easily so far this season. down to 21 degrees in napa. they briefly dropped down to the teens a little over an hour ago. 28 livermore. 27 degrees in concord. and even freezing in san jose. so that cold arctic air is in place now and it looks like it's going to hang around. freeze warnings are extended until 9:00 tomorrow morning. some of these temperatures plunging to the 20s and 30s. a couple of cases with isolated teens. i think toward the afternoon, the highs are still going to stay on the chilly side only 40s and 50s. it will be mostly sunny but there are changes coming up.
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maybe rain and snow in the bay area. we'll have more on that coming up. let's check with kiet do out in the cold this morning in san jose. >> reporter: it is freezing literally here in downtown san jose. and some morning commuters are going to be a little late to work this morning because their cars are covered in frost. give yourself some extra time to deal with the ice. down in gilroy, workers were busy covering up plants and big white tarps and moving them indoors at a local avocado and citrus nursery. the smaller plants are the big worries since they are more vulnerable to the cold. the plants are worth hundreds to thousands of dollars? >> at hardware and gardening stores in morgan hill customers cleared the shelves snapping up frost protection items like tarps and most sold out by noon. >> i just planted everything. this is my first round at gardening so i was told to go
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out and protect it. >> part of nursery and part of gardening. you have to be careful and protect your plants. >> reporter: so if you are lazy like me, just let the engine run heat it up and all the ice melts off by itself, san jose police and a lot of police agencies say don't leave the engines running because your car will be stolen and you will have bigger problems than just freezing temperatures. live in downtown san jose, kiet do, kpix 5. breaking news now overnight. an elderly couple is pulled from a burning home and was rushed to the hospital. a newspaper deliveryman smelled the smoke at the house on larkin drive about 2 a.m. and called 911. the fire was out within half hour. firefighters say the couple was taken to the hospital in serious condition. their dog was also rescued and firefighters revived it. a san jose pilot and his family -- but first, we are going to head to traffic. elizabeth. >> michelle, maybe you want to
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ditch your car and avoid the frost. mass transit is a great option because everything is on time. in fact, we just checked in with bart 41 trains good to go no record delays. ace train 1 also on schedule. ferries, caltrain, moving quite nicely. all right. here's a live look at our sensors in the south bay. that big rig accident the off- ramp once again opened now the slow lane open southbound 880 at stevens creek no longer seeing delays as you head toward 280. bay bridge toll plaza looking good here, as well. no delay coming into or out of san francisco. a lot of the overnight roadwork has been cleared including the nimitz. everything quiet towards the macarthur maze. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. >> thank you. a san jose pilot and his family have now been missing for five days in idaho. take a look at the extreme conditions search-and-rescue are up against. steep mountain ranges covered
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in snow continue on for miles. 51-year-old dale smith and four of his family members were on a single-engine plane that disappeared in the area on sunday. >> he is so intelligent that i figure if anybody can get out of this situation he's in, he would be one that could put that airplane down. >> rescue crews detected a transmitter signal in the area tuesday. they are trying to find it. the number of search personnel is growing each day with more than 60 people joining the effort yesterday. some other headlines around the bay now. milpitas police are looking for this woman in the video. an ac transit camera saw this man pulling away a screaming member on calaveras boulevard. unclear if they knew each other. the bus driver called 911 but the police couldn't find the pair. a green light for a makeover. a superior court judge ruled in favor of a renovation. environmentalists sued over plans to install artificial
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turf but their arguments were rejected. the $14 million project will take two years to complete. happening today, the bart board gets an update on how its police department is doing on recommended reforms. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is at the fruitvale bart station this morning. i understand the audit was ordered after the shooting death of oscar grant. >> reporter: that's right. even the name fruitvale station has a different ring to it after that controversy. the police department has had its share of issues over the last several years. and retired bart police chief patrick oliver spent the summer checking on 55 reforms that were recommended in 2010. those recommendations came from the national organization of black law enforcement executives. today oliver will deliver his assessment to the bart board. i spoke with police chief kenton rainey at the beginning of this process in june. >> i would say we definitely have done the majority of the
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reforms. and as far as our progress, i'm going to leave that up to the assessors. >> reporter: now, the highest profile black eye for the department of course the shooting of oscar grant in 2009 captured on this cell phone video. lots of concerns, racial profiling to police brutality. the report that led to these reforms was commissioned later that year. so again, today we are going to examine how those reforms were implemented. we'll hear from chief rainey and former chief oliver at the bart board meeting this morning. live in oakland, anne makevoc, kpix 5. >> how open to criticism does the police chief seem to be. >> reporter: you know, he came into office after the shooting the oscar grant. it was part of a sort of may yeah cup pa from the bart board -- mea culpa from the bart board. he is open and ready to listen so i believe he will be taking all of these recommendations
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under his belt and we'll see what happens. >> okay. anne makovec live for us this morning in oakland. thanks. happening today, east bay fast food workers plan to walk off the job and are not the only ones. similar protests are planned in 100 u.s. cities. workers are pushing to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. a majority of workers' income is below the poverty line and many have to seek federal assistance. the national restaurant association says labor groups are behind the protests. what will it look after all the dust clears from the city by the bay? from coit tower to the transamerica building, the city has always had an iconic skyline but in a few years, it's going to look something like this. new buildings popping up means tens of thousands of more people and jobs. if you think san francisco is too crowded and expensive already, just wait. our phil matier went to ask some city leaders if we're ready for all of those changes. >> it's coming whether we prepare for it or not.
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and so we need to prepare for it. >> reporter: are we prepared for it? >> no. we are not prepared for it. >> well, it's clear traffic will be an even bigger problem in a few years. and with high-rises leading to higher rents, there will be a real demand for affordable housing for people who feel they are being squeezed out of the city. ♪[ music ] we'll be right back. stay with us, everybody. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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idea what it's all about. some believe this strange he probably heard about bitcoin at some point this year but many have no idea what it's all about. some believe the strange concept could be a credible alternative to the u.s. dollar or gold. here to explain it all is cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger. >> good morning. >> so what is bit coin and how does it work? >> reporter: it's a peer-to- peer digital currency launched in 2008 by an anonymous group of software developers. there is no central bank or government involvement. it's independent. the currency is generated through a complicated open computer program and users mine or get bitcoin by solving mathematical problems. they are issued bitcoin in
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exchange for solving the problems. in essence, it's like cash for the internet. >> okay. well, that sounds complicated. can regular people get their hands on bitcoin or what? >> reporter: you know, at first, anyone with a regular old computer could download and run the bitcoin software and mine the currency. today mining bitcoin requires powerful computers. it has created what someone called a computational arms race. of course in your area, everybody probably could compete in that race. but for us mere mortals, there are other ways to get bitcoin now. you can rereceive it as payment for goods or services. you can purchase it through a variety of bitcoin exchanges or exchange directly with somebody. >> what are the pros and cons of this mania? >> reporter: the pros include payment freedom. no worries about dealing with a bank. there's low fees. and if you are a vendor or you are a merchant, the administrative costs are really low much lower than taking credit cards. there's also transparency and
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security they say the computer security is pretty tight. the con, it's obvious. not widely accepted yet. the value of the currency itself is subject to huge swings. just look at this morning. bitcoin dropped by 30% this morning. it just climbed back and gained another 20%. so it's all over the place. it's also still an experiment. there could be technical snafus. it could be used for money laundering and other criminal activities. but you know what? i was a little cynical going in. to learn more i encourage you to spend some time on the bitcoin.org website. it was kind of interesting. and i have to say, it made me feel a little more comfortable with the concept. >> okay. well, we are going to have to go on there. >> read up a little bit i think. >> cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger, thank you. have a great day. >> thank you, jill. it is 5:43. uber is offering a new holiday service. the popular car app service is teaming up with home depot to deliver christmas trees right
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to your front doorstep for $135. 7-foot netted frazier firs and stand will be brought to your home. it's only available today in san francisco. nine other cities all across the country as well:how about that? >> pretty good. 5:44. liz has traffic. >> northbound 101 near hellyer a car fire off to the right- hand shoulder. so no lanes are blocked but it may be a visual distraction. no slowing on sensors. i want to show you this camera. an unusual amount of traffic heading eastbound 24. traffic out of oakland, westbound through the macarthur maze westbound 580 beginning to pick up brake lights out of tracy to begin on 205 towards westbound 580 and then to about vasco and beyond that. those slow sensors continue those yellow ones meaning speeds under 40 miles per hour. so typical stuff for the morning drive. here's a live look outside once again. the nimitz freeway these
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taillights that's northbound traffic. 16 minutes as you can see on the bottom of your screen between 238 and the macarthur maze. southbound also moving at the speed limit so far towards hayward. any questions about your morning commute? tune to kcbs radio 740-am and 106.9-fm. that's where you can find our radio partners. that's traffic. here's lawrence. >> very cold temperatures around the bay area today out the door. bundle up, folks. we are looking at the coldest temperatures so far of the season. clear skies, clear as a bell to the coastline right now. and because of that, we have some very dry air and these temperatures dropping like a rock overnight. 24 degrees in santa rosa. 30 and freezing in san jose. that's when you know it's a cold start to the morning when you see freezing temperatures even inside the bay. 36 degrees in san francisco. 28 in livermore. and 27 degrees in concord. so after the freezing temperatures this morning, it will be a chilly afternoon but plenty of sunshine outside but that cold air will keep temperatures very much cool and
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then changes tomorrow. a freezing start to the day but then chance of showers moving in that should help to moderate temperatures toward tomorrow afternoon. that cold arctic air continuing to plunge foot bay area and around much of the united states bringing them some frigid temperatures, as well. no delays expected out of sfo should see mostly sunny skies. around the country very mild to warm conditions in the houston area at 72 but showers there. but check out denver, their high today maybe 9 degrees and that is all they are going to get to. 33 degrees and that seems like a heat wave in chicago compared to denver and 61 in new york. looks like we have changes coming our way as we are going to see some very cold air moving in this morning and then a cold front slides in for tomorrow bringing a chance of showers late tomorrow night and it looks like into saturday morning. temperatures 40s and 50s for highs today. then the next couple of days some changes in the works. i think these numbers going to moderate warm up a little bit toward monday and tuesday. by the way, let's check your schoolcast. this is one of my favorite
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schools. st. lawrence academy in santa clara! [ laughter ] >> the morning bell today it's freezing out there this morning lunch recess 46 degrees and 49 chilly at final bell. any lawrence school will be for me. if you want to nominate your school for a schoolcast, go to kpix.com/schoolcast. sunrise 7:10. sunset 4:51 it's not so much the school is named after you but a saint? >> doesn't that seem like me? >> go back to your room. >> no comment. [ laughter ] >> let's move on. a bay area man is dipping into his savings of retirement to help those affected in last month's devastating typhoon in the philippines. kpix 5's kiet do on how the man is using technology to raise even more funds. >> rummaging for food their homes are gone. >> reporter: he has been trying to help relatives devastated in the philippines from his home in dublin 7,000 miles away but there comes a time in a man's life when facebook and text messages are not enough.
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>> what do i hope to find? my family of course. i hope to find them all healthy and latching and, you know, happy to see me. i don't know that that will be the case. >> reporter: michael is going to one of the hardest-hit areas and is not packing food or medicine. just clothes and cash. $15,000 from his savings and cashed out his 401(k). he said it's not hard to dip into your retirement with messages like that. >> we badly need your help now. please, cousin, help, please. they were starving at this point. had absolutely no food no water no electricity. >> reporter: but this tech worker from intuit figured it couldn't hurt to ask for donations. so he went to gofundme.com a crowd sourced fundraising website and created an account entitled, [ indiscernible ] then it happened. friends, family and even strangers gave. at last count the total was well over $3,000. what can you do with $3,200? >> you can do a lot. >> reporter: once there he will buy rice, shoes, foot powder,
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cough medicine and antibiotics. there are 15 family members to tend to. three to five are still missing. he will care for the living and if there's time find and bury the dead. >> my brother and i are the only ones that are available to help and so if i didn't help -- >> reporter: in dublin, kiet do, kpix 5. >> michael for shea is leaving from sfo to the philippines later this morning. >> good luck. 5:49 now. the stress of the holiday season can lead to overeating i guess. now microsoft says they can help us ladies stop while we're ahead. it's working on a new high-tech bra. bra? that has sensors to monitor your heart rate. microsoft claims the bra detects emerging stress and sends an alert to your smartphone letting you know when you're probably not actually hungry. >> if it helps in over eat, yeah, it's kind of hard to tell when you are done eating except when you start hating yourself okay.
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temperatures in the 20s, 30s and teens. we'll let you know how long this cold weather is going to last coming up. a georgia police officer and his colleague have been suspended after they used vulgar language to discipline rowdy kids. >> look at me like a man. you want to grow up and be a man, look at me like a [ censored ] man. >> got no tolerance for this. >> we expect more out of 12, 13, 14-year-olds. >> it all happened after a bus driver called 911 saying more than 50 kids on her school bus were out of control. officers will complete 40 hours of community service and verbal communication training. a sacramento area couple is defying the one in a million or so odds. they recently welcomed identical triplets. meet abby, laurel and brin. they are 10 days old and weigh 3 pounds each. parents hannah and tom hepner are trying to tell them apart. they say they don't plan to have more children right now. >> this is more than we bargained for. i think we're good right now.
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>> the couple says multiples don't run in either family and they didn't use any fertility drugs. so there you go. >> they are going to be busy. >> very busy. an iraq war veteran gets a new house mortgage free just in time for the holidays. andrea menniti introduces us to the central valley man who has more than proven he is on the nice list. >> wow. >> reporter: in a marine veteran sergeant dinkle this home is more than an upgrade with the apartment he shares with his girlfriend. it's a fresh start. >> it's going to expand our lives greatly. >> reporter: ryan spent nearly a decade in the military and served two tours in iraq. ryan has several surgeries and suffers from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. >> there's a few times i felt like i was going to die when i got out. but as soon as i started linking up with all the veteran
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groups, i just found my area that i liked and started helping one vet after another. >> reporter: now he is dedicating his life to giving back to veterans in need. he is also studying to become a counselor to help others cope. >> you see guys getting out and they are hurting. and you want to help them any way you can. >> reporter: ryan's generosity is part of the reason the organization, operation homefront, selected him for the mortgage-free home. >> you can't open the door with this. here you guys go. >> reporter: wells fargo donated the bank-owned house. >> it's a great christmas present. >> reporter: ryan and his girlfriend have strong ties to the central valley and look forward to making memories in their new home. >> i don't know what to say honestly. it's breathtaking. i never would have thought this could have happened. >> that was andrea menniti reporting. the family hopes to settle in their new home in time for the holidays. and brrr! it is cold. the bay area covered in frost
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this morning. i'm kiet do. we have a live freezing report coming up. >> reporter: from racial profiling to police brutality, a slew of recommendations for the bart police department. and today we'll find out about an assessment judging how well they have been able to put them forth. ,,,,,, a subaru...
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i'm missing a little bit of our warm weather. really need to bundle up. >> parts of the bay area cold as ice right now or in some spots even colder. >> grab your warmest jacket and gloves. the cold isn't going anywhere. >> i have four layers on, three hats. >> an arctic blast is making its way across the country. >> it's been a really rough year for bart riders between strikes and malfunctioning equipment. >> more problems for bart after a smoking train comes to a sudden stop in an east bay tunnel filling with dust. >> $50 each. -- $650 each. it was an easy decision.
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>> tickets going for sky high prices for the last few games at candlestick park as fans clamor to say good-bye to the stick. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning, it's thursday, december 5. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm frank mallicoat. >> breaking news overnight an elderly couple and their dog pulled from a burning home in benicia. the couple was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. firefighters saved the dog. it's in stable condition. a newspaper deliveryman smelled the smoke early this morning. the fire was out in a half hour. good morning. it's thursday, december 5. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now 6:00. developing right now, bundle up! an arctic blast is bringing subzero temperatures to the north and sleet down to central

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